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Next Week at Witherspoon (Dec 5-11)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

December 6-10  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, December 8, at 12:30 p.m.

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, December 11, at 10:00 a.m.

Informed by our Matthew 25 mission, we are studying the book of Matthew.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Alternative Gift Program for 2021

The Mission & Outreach Committee of Nassau Presbyterian Church invites you to give a special gift this year by making a donation on a friend’s behalf to organizations who are working to address pressing needs in our community, region, and world. Make any donation and you will receive a virtual card suitable for emailing. The cards include the descriptions below of how each group is putting faith into action.

Alternative Gifts will remain available through the end of the Christmas Season—Epiphany, January 6. To receive a card before Christmas Day, make donations by end of business on December 23. Gift cards for donations made between December 24 and January 6 will be emailed on Monday, January 10.



Learn more about the recipient organizations:

Donations can be made online using the links below. The name of the Fund is either the name of the organization (Arm in Arm) or a shortened version listed inside the parentheses next to it (LALDEF). Donations to multiple funds can be made during one transaction. An online donation via e-check incurs nominal surcharges. Donating with a credit or debit card results in a charge to the church of approximately 2.5% of the gift — please consider increasing your gift to help defray this cost.

Please contact Lauren Yeh to make arrangements for donating by check or if you have any questions about using the online donation system.


Arm In Arm

The Gift of Hope

Arm In Arm partners with the community to achieve stability for our neighbors in need through the three focus areas of food, financial assistance, and advocacy.

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Cetana Educational Foundation (Cetana)

The Gift of Language

Cetana serves the youth of Myanmar by providing instruction in English and critical thinking, training for teachers, and supplemental scholarship for higher education.

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Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

The Gift of Peace

Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of 29 national church denominations and organizations, advocate for US policies that promote comprehensive resolutions to conflicts in the Middle East with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

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Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF)

The Gift of Welcome

LALDEF provides advocacy and services for the immigrant communities in Mercer County, including ESL education, the Mercer County Identification Card, citizenship instruction, college preparation mentoring, and legal support for immigration issues.

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Paul Robeson House of Princeton (Robeson House)

The Gift of Justice

The Paul Robeson House of Princeton will provide a center focused broadly on social justice issues and, locally, for the minority population of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood of Princeton. It will also provide temporary housing for people in transition.

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Princeton Community Housing (PCH)

The Gift of a Home

Princeton Community Housing has supported affordable housing to the Princeton Community for 50 years. They currently provide and manage 466 safe, high quality rental apartments to low and moderate-income residents of diverse backgrounds and ages.

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Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

The Gift of Nourishment

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen provides meals to all who are hungry as well as services to encourage self-sufficiency and to improve quality of life. The group informs the wider community of the needs of the hungry and advocates for resources to meet these needs.

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Trenton Children’s Chorus (TCC)

The Gift of Harmony

Trenton Children’s Chorus gives children the chance to sing a wide range of choral literature and provides an artistic venue by which children from different backgrounds get to know each other.

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Villages in Partnership (VIP)

The Gift of Teamwork

Villages in Partnership addresses extreme poverty in Malawi by addressing the critical needs of water, food security, education, health care, infrastructure, and economic development. They work with rural villages to fight poverty together.

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WomanSpace

The Gift of Safety

WomanSpace provides help for individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Their mission is to prevent abuse, protect families, and change lives through empowerment and a safety net of supportive services.

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Advent Poinsettias 2021

You are invited to give a poinsettia in memory or in honor of a loved one. A full listing of poinsettias will be printed in the December 19 Order of Worship. The suggested donation is $20 per order and payment can be made online using this link  then choosing “Poinsettias” from the drop down “select a fund” box. To pay by check, please contact Linda Gilmore (email). Please use the form below to indicate how you want the listing to appear.

Although care packages, rather than poinsettias, will be delivered to church members this year, proceeds from the poinsettias will go to our church Compassion Fund.

The deadline is December 12.

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Next Week at Witherspoon (Nov 28-Dec 4)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Webinar this week!

Tuesday, November 30 at 7PM

The joint Witherspoon-Nassau small groups on race and justice have been transformative for participants. Hear more from fellow congregants and friends from Witherspoon at a webinar hosted by the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Read more and find the Zoom link:

Bending the Moral Arc Webinar 

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Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, November 28 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

November 29-December 3  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, December 1, at 12:30 p.m.

 

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, December 4, at 10:00 a.m.

Informed by our Matthew 25 mission, we are studying the book of Matthew.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Adult Education – Advent 2021

Advent in…

From the Annunciation to the Alleluias, Advent is a season of Anticipation. In music, art, movement and speech, we look forward to the birth of Christ. Come, Lord Jesus!


Audio recordings will be posted below each class description.


Current Covid Protocols for Adult Education

Our presenters are fully vaccinated and will comply with our testing protocol for worship leaders. Social distancing will apply in the Assembly Room with seating limited to 40 and masking inside the building will continue.


November 28 | Elizabeth Steel

Advent in Pictures: Joy and Gladness

Joy is a central theme to the Advent narrative. We will explore the concept of “joy” in visual art and usher in the season by reflecting on how we are called to express joy in our own lives. By encountering a variety of different works, we will discern how we can be open to receiving and sharing God’s “joy and gladness” this season.


Elizabeth Steel is a fourth year student at Princeton Theological Seminary earning her MDiv and MA in Christian Education and Formation. With BA in Art History at the University of Virginia, she is exploring the capacity that art holds for theological reflection and formation, including an internship at the Princeton University Art Museum. She grew up in McLean, Virginia and didn’t know anybody could be anything other than Presbyterian until high school.


December 5 | Paul Rorem

Advent in Song: Pandemic Hymnody

“Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying” may be an Advent hymn, but not in the modern sense.  It has more to do with the plague than with Christmas. And “How Brightly Beams the Morning Star” (How Fair, How Bright the Morning Star) may sound like it refers to the Epiphany star the Wise Men saw, but it doesn’t! These two hymns, (“Wachet auf” and “Wie schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern”) appended in tandem to a big book by Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608) and later favorites of J. S. Bach and F. Mendelssohn, became known as the King and Queen of German Chorales.


Paul Rorem is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Warfield Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History, a title he now shares with his own doctor-father Karlfried Froehlich.  His courses covered St. Augustine, mysticism, women writers, and hymn texts as windows into church history in general.


December 12 | Michael Morgan

Advent in Speech: Good Tidings of Great Joy

Join us as we explore and hear Luke 2:8-10 as if for the first time. What tools do orators use to highlight meaning and story in scripture? Through these tools we will discover the patterns, contradictions, and hidden gems in a passage we know (almost) too well.


Michael Dean Morgan and family (Shana, Dean, and Avery) joined Nassau Church in 2013. Michael is a professional actor, head of Voice and Speech at Rowan University, and a longtime adjunct professor of Speech Communication at Princeton Theological Seminary

 


December 19 | Annalise Hume

Advent in Motion: The Word Became Flesh

During Advent, we turn our attention to the coming of our Incarnated Christ, the Word made Flesh. By also tuning in to our own bodily experiences, we can freshly experience the season this year. Together we will consider how and why embodied spiritual practices can enliven our faith. Then we will get up and play with a bit of movement for ourselves. All bodies are welcome!


Annalise Hume is a passionate, creative, down-to-earth Spiritual Director who loves listening and asking questions to help others recognize the movement of God in their life. She has a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota as well as an MDiv and MA in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary.  In her spare time, you will find her playing with her toddler, watching Princeton tennis matches, and dreaming up her next trip.


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Thanksgiving Day Service at PU Chapel

Princeton Community Thanksgiving Day Service

Thursday, November 25 at 11:00 a.m.

All are welcome to this treasured annual community gathering, the Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service, in the University Chapel. Sponsored by Princeton University’s Office of Religious Life and the Princeton Clergy Association.

This service will be live streamed on the Office of Religious Life’s YouTube page.

*All persons, including members of the broader community, are welcome to attend this event if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 if over age 12. Face coverings must be worn at all times by everyone over age 2. Registration is required for contact tracing purposes.

Please follow this link for advance in person registration.

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UPDATE: Bending the Moral Arc webinar, Tues. Nov. 30, 7pm

The Bending the Moral Arc webinar recording and resource can be found online:

Presbyterian Mission Agency (link)

Watch the Webinar (recording link to come) | Download the Resource (pdf)


Two congregations came together in partnership around the invitation of Matthew 25 to have courageous conversations and to take steps towards dismantling structural racism. They were transformed!


We will hear from these churches, one predominately white and one historically black, that developed a small group model for conversation and action, all during the pandemic and on zoom! Leaders from Nassau Presbyterian Church and Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey will be present to share their story and best practices as you learn to translate this model to your own context.

A template for this small group ministry partnership has been created and will be available as a FREE download during this webinar. Background, tips for creating your own ministry and sample lessons and resources will be included. There will be break-out groups and a Q and A.

All church leaders are welcome to attend.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | 7pm-8:30pm (EST)

No registration necessary. Join us on zoom using this link: https://zoom.us/j/94405040254
This webinar is hosted by Theology, Formation and Evangelism in the Presbyterian Mission Agency and is part of our Scattered Church ministries.

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Lenten Devotions 2022 – Call for Writers


Ash Wednesday, 3/2/22 – Easter Sunday, 4/17/22


Would you consider writing a meditation for our 2022 Lenten daily devotional series? We are always hoping to encourage new writers to join us. These messages of faith and encouragement have become a meaningful tradition for our community, and for many beyond the Nassau congregation. We will share these messages through a daily email, and later, when the season is complete, as a PDF that can be downloaded from our website.


Participating easy — here’s how:

“God’s Hands and the Holy Spirit,” from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Original source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/basta-cosi/1547659026/ – Jean Bean.

Each writer will be provided a choice of scriptures and guidelines for writing. Choose one or two verses meaningful to you, write a short reflection on them, and include a sentence prayer to close your reflection. It can be in any literary form: Prose, poem, haiku, dialogue, etc. Examples of our recent devotionals can be found on our website here (link).

It need not be complicated; simply from your heart. We have resources and helpers to guide you through the process. Please join us.

If you have any questions about the process or if you’re ready to sign up, please email Karen Barrows.


 


 

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Next Week at Witherspoon (November 21-27)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact the WSPC Office for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Upcoming Webinar

Tuesday, November 30 at 7PM

The joint Witherspoon-Nassau small groups on race and justice have been transformative for participants. Hear more from fellow congregants and friends from Witherspoon at a webinar hosted by the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Read more and find the Zoom link:

Bending the Moral Arc Webinar 

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Community Thanksgiving Day Service

Monday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by New Jersey Chapter National Black Presbyterian Caucus

Then Elijah said to his servant, “Go and look toward the sea.” The servant went and looked. He said, “I see nothing.” Elijah told him to go and look again.  This happened seven times. 1 Kings 18:43-44 (NRSV).

We are thankful for God’s faithfulness throughout the challenges of this year. We choose to look again until we see every promise fulfilled in Jesus’ name! We are still here.

Please join us for a joyful and spirit filled worship service as we choose to celebrate God’s goodness and mercy. There will be music, scripture readings, testimonials, a homily and an open time to praise the Lord.

Please contact Witherspoon Church for the Zoom link for this service.

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Worship Service

Sunday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m.

To register for In-Person Worship: email the church office. Please include the date of the service you will be attending and the names of those you are registering. (Email)

This service can also be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

November 22-26  at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, November 24, at 12:30 p.m.

 

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, November 27, at 10:00 a.m.

Informed by our Matthew 25 mission, we are studying the book of Matthew.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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40: The Gospels

four evening gallery talk with artist

Joel Schoon-Tannis

7:00 p.m. Free Webinars on Zoom

Art Books, Original Art and Giclée Prints will be for sale at each venue during gallery viewings


“God’s Handiwork: Works of Art Creating Works of Art”

7:00 pm  Wednesday, November 10
Hosted by The Wilberforce School

Join Webinar (Zoom)

Guests are also welcome to view The Gospel of John Art Gallery in person:
Thursday, November 11 | 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Meet the Artist: Thursday, November 11 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Multi Purpose Room, first floor
Face coverings are required indoors.


“Thinking in Pictures: Visual Art for Discipleship”

7:00 pm  Thursday, November 11
Hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary

Join Webiner (Zoom)

Fully vaccinated guests are also welcome to view The Gospel of Matthew Art Gallery in person:
Monday, November 8 – Thursday, November 11 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Meet the Artist: Tuesday, November 9 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Gambrell Room, 2nd floor Scheide Hall
Face coverings are required indoors.


“Made in God’s Image: Creating With and For Others”

7:00 pm  Friday, November 12
Hosted by Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church

Join Webiner (Zoom)

Guests are also welcome to view The Gospel of Mark Art Gallery in person:
Wednesday, November 10 | 11 :30 am – 2:00 pm

Meet the Artist: Wednesday, November 10 | 11 :30 am – 12:30 pm and
Sunday, November 14 | 11 :30 am – 12:30 pm

Church Sanctuary
Face coverings are required indoors.


“The Evolution of an Artist: What’s a Jesus Following Artist Supposed to Do?”

7:00 pm | Saturday, November 13
Hosted by Nassau Presbyterian Church

Join Webiner (Zoom)

Guests are also welcome to view The Gospel of Luke Art Gallery in person:
Sunday, November 7 and Sunday, November 14 | 10:15 – 11 :00 am and 12:00 – 1 :30 pm

Meet the Artist: Sunday, November 7 | 12:00 – 1 :00 pm

First Floor Conference Room
Face coverings are required indoors.


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